There's all kinds of interesting implications and things to note here!
City Improves Crossing on Cherry and Hyacinth
Let's start with the smallest, but bestest, news!
|New Lithia Motors location, 3335 Del Webb Ave NE|
The Parkway has no good crossings for people traveling by bicycle. Intersections are purposefully spaced far apart, the intersecting roads are all busy, and in order to facilitate right-hand turns towards I-5 all the intersecting roads have right-turn-only lanes that trap bicyclists.
|The Old: No good and safe options for crossing:|
Right-hooked by high-speed turn lane if you stay in the bike lane;
trouble if you want to merge left into through lane
I hadn't been through the intersection, so the news was a pleasant surprise a few days ago from the City when the SJ tweeted about the forthcoming article. (At some indeterminate point I'll update this article with a photo and possibly more details. Have you been through the intersection on Cherry?)
Vacating the O'Brien Parcels
|Invasion: A Single-speed at the BMW Dealership?!|
|An O'Brien Parcel|
|O'Brien parcel in car-dealer land at Division and Commercial|
The City hopes for higher-density mixed-use development
One of the Sustainable Cities Initiative projects was an analysis of mixed-use redevelopment there. (At this time the City's website is down, so the report, "Development Proposals for Three Targeted Sites in Salem, Oregon," can be found here on the UO site.)
It is difficult to see how this large parcel of four blocks total could be redeveloped at the same time as the Boise and North State Hospital campus parcels. It seems highly unlikely Salem could absorb a flood of new construction like that. So the city - not just the government, but all of us - probably has an interest in facilitating a gradual-but-steady development pace that aims for a middle course between boom and bust.
At the same time, with proximity to downtown, the riverfront and creek, the Union St. RR Bridge, and North Broadway, as well as better road connectivity for car travel, this parcel could yield something very fine. This will be exciting to watch.
Pressure for Third Bridge
|Capitol Auto Group Locations on Parkway|